The chemistry of collaborating artists on any project is essential to the success of the project. Unity of vision, as well as independent creativity, will determine the quality of the finished product. For this reason, in our search for an editor to take SAMEBLOOD to final cut, we had our eye on one artist in particular. We are pleased to announce that award-winning editor Simon El-Habre has signed on to SAMEBLOOD.
Born in Beirut in 1975, Simon obtained his Diploma in Audiovisual Directing from the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (ALBA) in 1998 and graduated from Femis (Paris) in Film and Video Editing in 2000. Since 2001, he has been teaching video and visual expression as well as film and video editing. He is also a member of the Cultural Association for the Development of Arab Cinema, Beirut DC. Simon built a strong reputation in Lebanon and the Middle East as an editor and worked with, among others, Ghassan Salhab on his video POSTHUMUS (2007) and his documentary 1958 (2009). Among his other editor credits are THE PLANET OF SNAIL (Seung-jun Yi, 2011) (winner of Amsterdam International Documentary Festival's award for Best Feature Documentary), and VERY BIG SHOT (Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya, 2015) (Toronto International Film Festival and London Film Festival nominated, and winner of Beijing International Film Festival's Forward Future award). In 2008, he wrote, produced and directed an award-winning, feature documentary, THE ONE MAN VILLAGE, which screened at 30 festivals, including Berlinale, the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the Jeonju International Film Festival and Vision du Réel, and won Hot Docs' Best International Feature Award in 2009.
Simon’s experience and artistic vision make him the perfect partner to help bring SAMEBLOOD to a polished final cut, and we look forward to working with him this summer!